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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Hotel Edward 1er , Montpazier

We can highly recommend the family run Edward 1st Hotel where we made a quick overnight stay, in Montpazier in the southern Dordogne. This is a lovely place. With friendly owners, it was reasonably priced and well located on the edge of town. Our junior suite (below) was comfortable, had a huge bathroom with steam shower and was just over100 euro including breakfast. We felt it was a good value and far preferred it to the Hotel L'Esplanade in Domme which we didn't enjoy.
In contrast to L'Esplanade (which we left early) the Edward 1st had lots of comfortable public space to relax and enjoy including a pool, small sitting room and bar. We felt much more comfortable here and wished we had more time to relax or do some walking in the surrounding countryside.
They had just filled the pool for the summer and I think this would make a great stop in the summer months. This area is far less touristy than Domme and appealed far more to us, though others would say it's less in the thick of the most popular sites.
We ate our continental breakfast  on the small terrace  outside the restaurant, below.
The hotel operates two restaurants, the well reviewed haute cuisine Restaurant Elenore and the less formal Bistro 2  a short walk away.  We were there on a Wednesday night (out of season) when Restaurant Elenore is closed and so we opted for the contemporary bistro. We had an excellent meal with friendly, well informed service and found the meal and wine an excellent value. The three course Menu du Terroir which included options like crayfish soup, lamb shank and clafoutis was only 22.22 euro.
Overall highly recommended. Elegant and appealing the hotel and the bistro represent a good value in a pleasant destination. This is somewhere we would be happy to return to.